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           January Newsletter 2022
Sean Yang
Monsanto Baby on a Pillow

Sean Yang [Korean American, b.1979] is a Los Angeles-based artist who became a naturalized citizen of the United States. His art practice revolves around sculptural ceramics to mixed media works using multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary methods to investigate social and internal space.


In 2020 we all realized that there are more poisons in our lives than cyanide and arsenic. Toxic substances are found in our homes, our clothes, and our food, yet we seem to tolerate these harmful things being manufactured for our consumption. Even the tools I use for making art (such as pigments for glazes and finishes) require me to take precautions while working. Some ceramic pieces cannot be used for eating and drinking. In our homes we often find house plants that are deadly if eaten by pets or children. Our cars poison the air we breathe. We now check labels on our food for evidence that we are not ingesting chemicals or hormones that can be toxic. Today we can see the entire population of Flint, Michigan poisoned by the water in their homes.

During the COVID-19 pandemic I watched toxic behavior from my fellow citizens such as racist or sexist attitudes that shape our society. Seeing our nation’s capitol being attacked by those who consider themselves patriots I witnessed poisonous behavior destroying the very place that patriots should protect. Clearly, these people have been “poisoned.” People do not become Proud Boys without toxic input.

The art I have created for my solo exhibition at Tag Gallery reflects some of my thinking about the venomous world I live in. From toxic flowers to mindless “blockheads” or babies that are twisted from the poisons from their mothers. All of these things point to how ubiquitous poison is in our everyday lives. But the real toxin seems to be greed. 

Musings and Meanderings
Current contemplation with the president

Hello, Fellow Artists,

"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are only princesses waiting for us to act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises before you larger than any you’ve ever seen, if an anxiety like light and cloud-shadows moves over your hands and everything that you do. You must realize that something has happened to you; that life has not forgotten you; that it holds you in its hands and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depression? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you."
                                 –Rainer Maria Rilke

Welcome 2022! I am definitely ready to turn the page and start anew.

My family suffered a great many losses during 2021 and I know that we are not alone. In the last days of December I allow myself to slow down and reflect but, with that not so subtle reminder, I am ready to step into the coming year with passion and courage. I hope to meet you there even if it has to be virtually. Please continue to make the world a better place with your creativity, expression of all feelings, and grace, and know that I am cheering you on all the way.

Shaney Watters
JANUARY 8, 2022
Off the Wall
Here’s the latest from the Exhibition Committee.
It's 2022 and the Exhibition Committee hopes you and yours had a wonderful holiday and New Year's celebration. PSA’s 2022 exhibition calendar begins with the New Members Showcase during February. This online exhibition features all of the new members juried into PSA during 2021. For all of the new members, plan to submit a digital version of your portfolio of artwork presented at the new member screening along with your artist’s statement. A formal Call for Entries (CFE) will arrive in your email box soon. 

For the entire membership, the 97th Annual Juried Exhibition opens May 1 at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center Gallery in Burbank. The take-in and jury will be around the middle of March. The 97th Annual will also be presented online and have a full-color printed catalog.

Late summer or early fall is when the Artist’s Choice Exhibition will open at Whites Fine Art Gallery in Montrose, along with an online version and a printed catalog. One or two additional exhibitions are currently in the planning stages. Hopefully both of these exhibitions will also be online and in a gallery with printed catalogs. There will be plenty of opportunities to exhibit your latest artwork during 2022 and the Exhibition Committee is looking forward to seeing everyone and your latest art soon.

Volunteers will be needed for all of the additional gallery installations, receptions and take-ins during 2022, so please consider participating as a volunteer in addition to submitting your latest artwork.

Thanks everyone, see you at the next exhibition.

Larry, Art and Tom
The Exhibition Committee 
SALON (outside) at the Altadena home of Chris Moore.

January 16th 
2:00-5:00 pm
662 East Calaveras Street
Altadena, CA  91001
Phone:  (626) 202-5996

Bring art to show and share.  
You’re welcome to bring finger food/snacks and/or beverage. 
Bring a friend too !!!
You must be fully vaccinated to attend.

Victor Picou
PSA Monthly Salons Coordinator

Membership Dues

If you have already paid for this year, thank you!!
Membership dues for January 1 - December 31, 2022 are $75.00.

You can pay online on the "Members Only" page of the PSA website, OR you can send a check, payable to PSA, and mail it to:  P.O. Box 90074, Pasadena, CA  91109.

Remember that you must be current with your dues in order to participate in exhibitions. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Kathleen. We have a confidential scholarship program, and we can help!
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